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Old December 26th, 2007 Dec 26, 2007 6:36:40 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Could use some expertise....what type of machine is used to make plastisol transfers?

We currently get custom plastisol heat transfers made from a company in Miami. The runs are for large quantities on pretty big sheets.

We are doing these custom runs so often now, we would like to explore the possibility of buying our own press to make these. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out what kind of machine the place we buy from uses.

Anyone have any idea what kind of press makes plastisol transfers? I do know there is no screen printing equipment involved. The sales rep specifially mentioned they use a "press."

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old January 17th, 2008 Jan 17, 2008 11:25:41 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Could use some expertise....

plastisol is basically silk screen on a specialty paper. Then you just heat press that on t-shirts. So many heat presses to choose from just compare prices and look for a name brand, and decide on the model based on how many shirts you wish to produce.

depending on the amount of shirts you are going to produce, you may want more than one, or even consider automatic ones.

right now I have a HIX HT-400, 16x16" great press, but Ive out grown it. prob gonna sell soon.


just consider that people to outgrow there press, and choose based on if you expect to grow quickly.
 
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Default Re: Could use some expertise....

Ethan,

I would assume that Tia already has a heat press because she's already pressed plastisol transfers.

Tia, actually, plastisol transfers ARE made with screenprinting equipment. Press, in this case, is short for screenprinting press.

So, in essence, if you were able to make plastisol transfers, you would also be able to screenprint directly onto your shirts.

I don't know anything about the technical side of screenprinting, so hopefully someone else will come in and answer that for you.

Good luck!
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No Problem! I've misunderstood people PLENTY of times here.
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Default Re: Could use some expertise....what type of machine is used to make plastisol transfers?

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We currently get custom plastisol heat transfers made from a company in Miami. The runs are for large quantities on pretty big sheets.

We are doing these custom runs so often now, we would like to explore the possibility of buying our own press to make these. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out what kind of machine the place we buy from uses.

Anyone have any idea what kind of press makes plastisol transfers? I do know there is no screen printing equipment involved. The sales rep specifially mentioned they use a "press."

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

TIA
There's an article about how to make them here: https://www.t-shirtforums.com/t-shirt...es/t14049.html

You can find a few more articles with the technical details here: plastisol transfers related topics at T-Shirt Forums
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Default Re: Could use some expertise....what type of machine is used to make plastisol transfers?

I am wondering what kind of press is used to make plastisol transfers? I know they are put on with a heat press but I want the press that makes the actual tansfer . Anybody have a name?
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I am wondering what kind of press is used to make plastisol transfers? I know they are put on with a heat press but I want the press that makes the actual tansfer . Anybody have a name?
It's called a silk screen printing press. There are hundreds of different types from manuals to fully automatic. Any of these presses can make plastisol transfers. Go to Screen Printing Supplies, Equipment & Kits and look at the screen print presses they have there. Or google silk screen printing presses.
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